Carmelo Anthony expects a max-deal extension from Denver, but may not sign it

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Thumbnail image for Anthony_game.jpgCarmelo Anthony was in Los Angeles Sunday night to see Ray Allen walk on water, but he can’t go anywhere now without being asked about his future.

He has one more year on his current deal, paying him $17.1 million next year, followed by a player-option for the year after that. Denver can offer him a max-deal, three-year extension this summer and the Nuggets are expected to start talks soon with Anthony’s agent, Leon Rose, he told the Denver Post.

“Well see what happens. I think my agent (Leon Rose) is going to talk to them in a week or so and see what’s happening, and if there’s something on the table then we’ll go to the table and see what’s the best situation for me.”

But after an earlier-than-expected playoff exit this year, Anthony told FanHouse he doesn’t have to sign this summer, he could hold off in an effort to keep the pressure on Denver to improve the team.

“Yeah,” Anthony, who attended Game 2 of the NBA Finals between the Lakers and Boston at the Staples Center, said of the possibility he might wait on signing a possible extension into next season or after it. “I’m not going to rush into anything. … That’s always an option. … I definitely don’t have to do it this summer.”

But he will sign this summer if he’s smart.

Any deals signed this summer are under the current Collective Bargaining Agreement. Any ones signed next summer (ones after July 1, 2011) would be under a new, yet-to-be-negotiated CBA. It’s safe to assume that whenever that CBA is put in place (likely after a protracted lockout), it will not be as player-friendly as the current one.

Bottom line, sign this year or make less money in the future.

Wizards’ Alan Anderson undergoes another left ankle surgery

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Alan Anderson had surgery last May on his left ankle to remove some bone spurs. This wasn’t seen as anything major, so the Washington Wizards signed him to a deal and are counting on him to bring some versatility and depth to their wings.

However, that same ankle has bothered him since the opening of training camp and on Tuesday the Wizards announced that he had undergone another surgery to “remove a small bony fragment in his left ankle.”

There is no timetable for his return.

The Wizards liked Anderson because of his shooting and versatility — he can play the two, three or four depending on the lineup. The Wizards are counting on a combination of Otto Porter, Jared Dudley, and Anderson to fill the void left by Paul Pierce.

But they are going to have to wait a little while for Anderson to join the party.

Kevin Garnett welcomed Bobby Portis to NBA with veteran trash talk

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Kevin Garnett is as good a trash talker as there is in the NBA right now. He’s one of the games’ legendary talkers.

And he welcomed Bulls rookie Bobby Portis to the NBA in his own special way during Saturday’s Chicago/Minnesota preseason game. From Vincent Goodwill of

Beautiful use of the Honey Nut Cheerios reference.

Hoiberg was a teammate of KG’s back in Minnesota from 2003-2005. Hoiberg did nothing but praise Garnett after the game. He’s probably good with KG pushing Portis.

Watch out for Portis this season, he’s going to show he shouldn’t have fallen so far down the board.